It’s past Thanksgiving, so it is officially the start of the Christmas season! And the first Sunday of Advent is tomorrow…Yesterday we got out the Christmas ornaments. Today I made some snowflakes. And we dug out the CDs of favorite songs that are only played during this time of year. This is a special season. There is more fanfare around Christmas than any other holiday, with traditional sounds, sights, smells, textures, and sounds. Songs are powerful as reminders and stories that are easy to tell. It’s no wonder that many are found in the Bible. Here’s one from David:
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.
6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.”
This is a stark contrast to many Christmas songs, yet they have similar themes…David wrote of how his life would change based on the character of God. Many Christmas songs center around how God’s actions changed the world forever. This song, like others can help us pray when we have no words left, or no concentration. The Psalms reflect the wrestling of our hearts between two different positions. Much like my view of Christmas.
It is so easy to look for the beauty of Christmas songs without seeing the reasoning behind them. I hum the tunes without listening to the words. Am I looking for a Savior this year? Or am I only decorating around the manger?
God, I do not often stop to listen. We anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ coming, yet we do no pause to think about that. What a wonder; God coming to earth. God, please help me catch sight of that and enjoy the reminder that so many Christmas songs bring. Please help me to sing to Your praise. Amen.